Abendschone Chapter NSDAR – (2017)
In January, Abendschone Chapter NSDAR presented American history awards to two Berryville Middle School students. The eighth grade winner was subsequently chosen the state winner.
Four outstanding seniors from area schools were presented the DAR Good Citizens Award in February.
A memorial donation was made to the Eureka Springs Library in memory of member, Nancy Naas, who faithfully served as registrar for eighteen years. Items donated included: two Great Course sets of DVD’s “Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights” and “History of the United States”, along with three other genealogy research books.
In May, museum docent and chapter member, Phyllis Jones, gave members a private tour of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.
Several members, who volunteer at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, organized an exhibit of World War I memorabilia belonging to family members who served. In June, two members gave a program highlighting the history and timeline of the war. Five members shared items and told their accompanying stories. Member, Suzanne Williams, led this effort and also devoted 155 hours of research, putting together the annual Cornerstone Bank historical calendar “Honoring our World War I Heroes.”
Involvement continued in the Elks sponsored “Books for Kids Program.” Abendschone Chapter member and project chair, Ginger Malmstrom, received the State Literacy Promotion Award last March. For the last eleven years she has personally selected more than 6,000 books for first graders. Each spring she visits eight schools and assists first graders in selecting a book to keep for their very own.
Constitution Week celebrations included the signing of proclamations by the mayor and placing displays in two local libraries.
Abendschone Chapter NSDAR proudly hosted State Regent Jerrie Townsend, and Vice Regent Junelle Mongno, for a lunch and business meeting in October. Members enthusiastically shared their outstanding volunteer efforts. Member, Laurie Willis, presented each visitor and member with a patriotic tea towel she embroidered.
In November, we again marched in the Eureka Springs Veterans Day Parade, passing out 250 4×6 flags (made in the USA), and carrying the chapter banner and several flags.
In December, we participated in the Wreaths Across America program, contributing to the effort of placing a wreath on the grave of each veteran.
Members were saddened this year by the loss of former Abendschone Chapter regent, Betsy Brummond, who also served as Osage District Director. Betsy will always be remembered for her outstanding commitment to veterans.
Compiled by Judy Germani, Regent 3/6/2017